It’s probably an understatement to note that the recent past has been particularly interesting for metadata librarians.

I started out as a cataloger, and originally learned about the larger world of metadata as a participant in the first Dublin Core workshop in 1995. The 17 years since have been an incredible journey, and I’ve learned more in that span of time than I ever imagined I would when I started out (I already knew cataloging—what else could I possibly need?). Part of the reason I was able to learn so much was because, in pursuing the brave new idea of metadata, I ended up meeting an incredibly interesting array of people. They were not necessarily librarians, but many took the time to talk to me about things I wasn’t taught ...

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